Identities of UPS drivers killed in fiery crash on I-20 released

Published: Oct. 9, 2015 at 11:51 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 9, 2015 at 12:06 PM CDT
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The Department of Public Safety has released the identities of the two UPS employees killed in a fiery crash that happened Wednesday night on Interstate 20 in Smith County.

William Samuel Harris, 54, of Middlesburg Florida was the driver and Adam Ronald Banicki, 42, of Jacksonville, Florida was the passenger of the semi truck that burst into flames after crashing into another vehicle on the interstate.

The accident happened in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 at Farm to Market Road 2015 around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday.

UPS released the following statement on Thursday:

Sadly, UPS can verify the fatalities of two experienced, long-service UPS drivers working as part of a team for long-haul movements. These drivers were based out of Florida. We are working with authorities on an investigation that includes many variables under review: weather, road conditions, nearby vehicles and on-scene reports.

Fire destroyed both the tractor and the single trailer attached. Any packages impacted will have exceptions noted in their tracking detail, and UPS will work with shippers for a claims process. 

Red Springs Fire Department, as well as numerous other emergency agencies, responded to the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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